First pictures and details of the new Buick Regal is released as the car is set to go on sale in the second quarter of 2010. Basically, the Regal is a re-badged Opel Insignia, which will offer a European-bred driving experience in an American car. It features turbocharged engines, adjustable suspension and sport-tuned chassis. Regal will be launched when its main rivals Acura TSX and the new Volvo S60 will arrive, Buick thinks they have the edge over those cars by offering more space and more standard equipments for a reasonable price.
Just like the Opel, Buick Regal will be available with a 2.4 liter 182hp as well as a 2.0 liter Turbo 220 hp four-cylinder engines, and a powerful V6 unit. A six-speed automatic transmissions are paired with each engine. Both offer driver shift control that enhances the sporty driving feel of the Regal.
Latest-generation electronic stability control (ESC or StabiliTrak), anti-lock brake system (ABS), and traction control system (TCS) are standard with Buick’s innovative, Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) real-time damping system offered on models equipped with the 2.0L turbo powertrain.
Regal also has a unique Interactive Drive Control System which has three different modes in which suspension settings, throttle response, shift pattern and steering sensitivity are different:
- Normal – balanced and optimized for all driving situations
- Tour – optimized for comfort and relaxed driving on long journeys
- Sport – optimized for road holding; enthusiast driving .
Regal will initially be offered in premium CXL trim only, with additional trim levels to be offered in the 2012 model year. The well-equipped Regal CXL includes the following as standard or available equipment:
- Standard 2.4L Ecotec direct injected engine rated at an estimated 182 horsepower (136 kW)
- Available 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged and direct injected engine rated at an estimated 220 horsepower (164 kW) – available late-summer 2010
- Both engines have a six-speed automatic transmission standard with driver-shifting control
- Estimated 30 mpg on the highway with the 2.4L and 29 mpg highway with the 2.0L turbo engine
- MacPherson strut front suspension and four-link independent rear suspension
- All-new Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) available with the 2.0L turbo, offering driver-selectable suspension settings and automatic driver suspension setting adaptability
- Four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel anti-lock braking system, brake assist and electronic parking brake
- Standard StabiliTrak stability control system and full-function traction control
- Standard dual-stage frontal air bags, side-curtain air bags and pedal-release system; rear-seat thorax air bags available
- Available navigation system, Harmon Kardon sound system, internal flash drive (1GB), hard drive with 10GB for music and USB port
- Standard 18-inch wheels (19-inch wheels standard with IDCS)
- Standard 12-way power, leather and heated driver seat; leather and heated passenger front seat; Bluetooth capability; XM Satellite Radio and OnStar.